11 SNL Cast Members You Forgot Anchored Weekend Update

Weekend Update made stars out of SNL cast members like Dennis Miller, Norm MacDonald, and Tina Fey.  But here are 11 examples that prove not everyone was cut out for the job. 

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CHARLES ROCKET MADE EFFING SNL HISTORY 1981 CRAGKED COM ROCKET WAS ARGUABLY THE BREAKOUT STAR OF THE FIRST -BELUSHI CAST. HE BLEW IT ALL UP WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST SNL CAST MEMBER TO DROP AN F-BOMB ON LIVE TV. HE WAS CANNED SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

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CECILY STRONG STRAIGHT-UP QUIT 2013-2014 GRACKEDCO IT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS WORKING OUT. I DIDN'T WANT TO BE STUCK TO THAT. I DIDN'T WANT TO ONLY DO 'UPDATE.' STRONG PREFERRED TO FOCUS ON UPDATE CHARACTERS LIKE CATHY ANNE AND THE GIRL YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH

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COLIN QUINN WAS A LOUSY FIT 1998-2000 QUINN'S ROUGH-EDGED EVERYMAN DELIVERY DIDN'T WORK AT THE NEWS DESK AND HE KNEW IT. IT WAS NOT REALLY FOR ME, SAYS QUINN. LORNE KNEW IT, TOO. HE WOULDN'T YANK ME, BUT IT WAS NOT A GOOD FIT. QUINN BLAMES IT ON LORNE'S

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HORATIO SANZ FILLED IN FOR NEW MOMMY FEY 2005 CRACKEDCO SANZ WAS AN ABLE SUBSTITUTE ANCHOR FOR THE FIRST FEW EPISODES OF SEASON 31 WHILE TINA FEY WAS ON MATERNITY LEAVE. CHECK OUT THE HORNRIM GLASSES-. WORN IN TRIBUTE TO THE NEW MOTHER.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS DIDN'T GET THE GIG 2006 AN EAGER BRIAN WILLIAMS SHOWED UP ON THE WEEKEND UPDATE DESK FOR THE SEASON 32 SEASON PREMIERE, READY TO TAKE THE SPOT VACATED BY TINA FEY. AMY POEHLER HAS TO BREAK THE BAD NEWS-. LORNE DECIDED TO GO WITH SETH MYERS INSTEAD.

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DON RICKLES WAS PART OF A HOSTANCHOR EXPERIMENT 1984 CRACKED WITH NO CAST MEMBER COMMANDING THE DESK, GUEST HOSTS WERE BRIEFLY EMPLOYED TO DELIVER THE FAKE NEWS. OTHERS INCLUDED ROBIN WILLIAMS, REAL-LIFE NEWSMAN EDWIN NEWMAN, AND BILLY CRYSTALAS FERNANDO.

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GAILMATTHIUS WAS STRONGER IN SKETCHES 1981 MATTHIUS COULDN'T MATCH THE ENERGY OF HYPERCONFIDANT CO-ANCHOR CHARLES ROCKET AND HER UPDATE APPEARANCES FELL FLAT. SHE FARED BETTER AS CHARACTERS VICKIE THE VALLEY GIRL AND CHAINSMOKING HAIRDRESSER ROWEENA.

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CHRISTOPHER GUEST WAS A ONE-SEASON WONDER 1984-1985 heliim ORAOKEDCO LIKE FELLOW RINGERS MARTIN SHORT AND BILLY CRYSTAL, GUEST APPEARED ON JUST ONE SEASON OF SNL. HE TOOK OVER THE UPDATE DESK A FEW EPISODES INTO SEASON TEN BEFORE GOING OFF TO CREATE MOCKUMENTARIES LIKE 'WAITING FOR GUFFMAN' AND 'BEST IN

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MARY GROSS WAS ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN 1981 CRACKED GROSS WAS DOYLE-MURRAY'S ORIGINAL CO-ANCHOR. SHE MOVED TO STRICTLY SKETCHES FOR THREE MONTHS BEFORE TAKING ONE FINAL TURN BEHIND THE NEWS DESK. GROSS WAS A CAST MAINSTAY UNTIL SHE WAS JETTISONED UPON LORNE MICHAEL'S 1985 RETURN.

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BRIAN OYLE-MURRAY WAS THE SECOND MURRAY TO ANCHOR 1981 BROTHER BILL, OF COURSE, SAT IN THE ANCHOR'S CHAIR A FEW YEARS EARLIER. BRIAN DOES HAVE THE DISTINCTION OF BEING ONE OF THE ONLY HOSTS OF 'SNL NEWSBREAK', A SHORTLIVED NAME CHANGE BEFORE IT REVERTED TO WEEKEND UPDATE.

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BRAD HALL HOSTED 'SATURDAY NIGHT NEWS' 1983 B*A*R* F PART OF DICK EBERSOL'S POST-LORNE REBRAND WAS CHANGING THE NAME OF WEEKEND UPDATE. HALL LASTED ABOUT A SEASON AND A HALF IN THE ANCHOR CHAIR BEFORE LEAVING SNL AND MARRYING CASTMATE JULIA OUIS-DREYFUS. (THEY'RE STILL TOGETHER, GOD BLESS 'EM.)

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